As we speak to applicants and others interested in this program we will add Frequently Asked Questions here.
How does you program compare to other MBSR Teacher Trainings?What sets Mindfulness Northwest MBSR teacher training apart from others is how closely you will be connected to, and supported by, our three Senior Teachers and the other members of your cohort throughout this two year process. It's a regional program with a small cohort offering strong and continuous support over the entire two-year period.
How large is the program?
We're starting with three Senior Teachers and a planned cohort of 8-10 trainees for the 2019-2021 initial cohort. We piloted the program with a group of 5 trainees in 2018.
While our primary focus in all of our work is to provide deep and authentic hands-on training for people in the Pacific Northwest you do not necessarily have to live here: we offer an online MBSR class as an option to be embedded in during Phase I. We do highly recommend taking one of the two Phase I courses with us live, though. We offer them in the following locations: Bellingham, Seattle, Kirkland, Mercer Island, and Tacoma. If you'd like to do both of the Phase I courses online because you live further from our region please contact us before applying.
How much of a commitment is the program?
For 8-week stretches when MBSR classes are in session, you'll be busy one evening a week in class, preparing for that class, having an online meeting with your cohort, and writing short reflections on your experiences teaching and learning in MBSR. In between MBSR classes and over the summer the commitment is much lighter and self-paced.
Looking for Fundamental Training in Teaching Mindfulness?
Our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program (MTTP) is designed to give you a foundational understanding of mindfulness training and how to implement it in a variety of settings. It is both a pathway towards MBSR-TT and is a complete training in it's own right if you wish to offer mindfulness training in formats other than MBSR.
Is your program affiliated with the other MBSR teacher trainings?
No, it's independent. We also recommend the original training at the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts and at the Center for Mindfulness at University of California, San Diego. Also, if you do not have our MTTP training we may consider completion of most of the trainings at either of these centers as equivalent for the program prerequisite.